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Chad Billingsley needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 23, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Chad Billingsley AP

Chad Billingsley was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in August of last season, but opted for rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of Tommy John surgery.

He was able to get healthy enough to make two starts this season and actually posted a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings, but he was placed on the disabled list with more elbow problems over the weekend and the Dodgers just announced that Billingsley will now undergo Tommy John surgery.

He’ll miss the remainder of this season and could be a question mark for the beginning of 2014, when the 28-year-old right-hander will be making $12 million in the final guaranteed season of his contract.

Between injuries and trades it’s amazing how quickly the Dodgers’ vaunted rotation depth disappeared.

  1. chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Practically everyone on Earth knew Billingsley need some TJ except of course Billingsley and maybe Rafael Furcal.

  2. sc101071 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I hope Venters got someone else’s platelets.

  3. xmatt0926x - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    One pitcher may or may not make the difference but once again we are shown that no matter how good you think your team is, it is only an injury or bad break away from going down the tubes. Should be an interesting trade deadline for the Dodgers this season.

  4. bigleagues - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Add this to the growing evidence that PRP is useless for already torn ligaments. It may help in speeding the healing process, but it isn’t gonna magically re-attach a torn ligament.

  5. dirtydrew - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Buying a championship is not as easy as the Dodgers thought. Go Giants!

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